Call for Feature Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Music
cover art

Cristian Vogel

The Inertials

(Shitkatapult; US: 19 Jun 2012; UK: 11 Jun 2012)

It has been said before and it still rings true—Cristian Vogel is a producer’s producer. The Inertials is the 14-ish album by the criminally under-acknowledged pioneer, who was handpicked to remix Maximo Park and Radiohead. If the astounding void of reviews for this album are any indication, most critics and the general population still appear oblivious to his immense skills, and yet, his skills are on dazzling display with this record. Utilizing a Venetian Snares approved tracker program and PledgeMusic funding, The Inertials sees Vogel reinvigorated in his exploration of the intersection of dub and industrial techno, rounded off at the end of the track listing by selections of ambient noise.


The record screams for a big system as the understated compositions positively luminescence at high volumes. The bass is massive, without resorting to lazy chainsaw bass lines and side-chain compression, while the subtle atmospheric effects gurgle and churn organically through time and space, the devil in the micro-details. Realized through Vogel’s top-notch sound design, on the level of Monolake and Amon Tobin, The Inertials is a thoughtful yet effortless experience.

Rating:

Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys, with a butt that won't quit.


Media
Cristian Vogel - Enter The Tub
Related Articles
27 Oct 2013
Homo sapiens are returning to a savage time. What'll be in your iPod for eternity?
22 Mar 2011
Look ma, no notes.
Comments
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.